An extraordinary tale of survival with a woman from Benandarah north of Batemans Bay rescued from her car 17 hours after she was involved in a single-vehicle crash near Narooma.
While travelling between Moruya and Wallaga Lake, a Holden Trax SUV left the roadway and crashed into water sometime after 11 pm on Wednesday (June 5), trapping the female driver inside.
“We still haven’t accounted for how that happened but we are still making enquires,” says Chief Inspector Peter Volf, South Coast Police District.
What happens next is the twist in the story. Just before 4.30 pm yesterday (June 6), the trapped woman regained consciousness and was able to phone her daughter in law, however, she was unable to provide her location.
LIVE with South Coast Police District chief Peter Volf detailing last night's remarkable rescue of a 67-year-old woman near Narooma after 17 hours trapped in her car.
Posted by About Regional on Thursday, 6 June 2019
Officers from South Coast Police District commenced a search operation to locate the woman, with the assistance of NSW Ambulance, Fire & Rescue NSW, Moruya State Emergency Services, Narooma Volunteer Rescue Association, and the Dalmeny Rural Fire Service.
Within 20 minutes of using the mobile phone system, rescuers were able to pinpoint the women’s location – the Princes Highway at Kianga. Marks on the roadside guard rail were the final clue, police locating the Holden down an embankment in Kianga Creek.
Thankfully the car landed on its wheels after possibly overturning, “she is a very, very fortunate lady because she was down the embankment where no one could see her,” Chief Inspector Volf says.
“She was in good spirits, a remarkable effort.”
The woman in her late sixties was rescued from the vehicle and treated for suspected fractures and exposure. She was airlifted to Canberra Hospital in a stable condition.
“It was an amazing effort and well-coordinated, I am always proud of the police and the other emergency services.”
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000.